Dr. Murray Smith added to Education Wall of Honour

September 9, 2022

Five women stand with a plaque in front of the Wall of Honour
From left to right, Dr. Murray Smith's daughter, Glenda Pratt, his wife, Sally Smith, BU Dean of Education Dr. Heather Duncan, and Dr. Smith's granddaughters, Lauren Pratt and Haley Pratt, pose with his plaque in front of the Wall of Honour.

BRANDON – The late Dr. Murray Smith has been recognized with a place on the Brandon University (BU) Faculty of Education Wall of Honour.

Dr. Smith is the first addition to the Wall in more than 10 years. He taught at BU from 1989 until his retirement in 2001. Prior to that, Dr. Smith worked at several school divisions as well as with the Brandon University Northern Teacher Education Program (BUNTEP) and the Program for the Education of Native Teachers (PENT) at BU.

Dr. Smith helped develop science and math curriculum for Manitoba schools and wrote two science textbooks that were in use in the province. Additionally, he helped to implement the Secondary School Teacher Education Program, which was based on PENT’s format, to train teachers in the southeastern African country of Malawi.

Colleagues, family members, friends and current faculty gathered for a reception at BU on Friday. Many remembered Dr. Smith for his avid devotion to collecting fossils. He even found a previously undiscovered species of crab, which was later named after him.

The honour is representative of a goal in Mamaawii-atooshke aakihkiwiin, Brandon University’s new Strategic Plan, to recognize and celebrate the success of BU faculty and staff.